Published Wednesday | June 5, 2008
Obama Keeps Nebraska on Political Map
BY JOE JORDAN - Action 3 News
SOURCE: Action 3 News Online
Omaha, NE.- When Barack Obama made history last night, he also kept Nebraska in the national political spotlight.
The state continues to make noise from talk of a vice-presidential running mate, to a make or break electoral vote in November. And as we first reported last week, one Republican here is trying to catch the Obama wave.
First the Veepstakes: With all eyes on Obama's pick (will he pick Senator Clinton?) Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is still on several short lists. But not according to Hagel. Hagel says he doesn't, "...deal in speculation. I'm wrapping up my 12 years in the United States Senate. I don't anticipate being in any government next year."
Still Hagel's seen as a conservative who could pick up Republicans unhappy with McCain.
2nd District Republican Congressman Lee Terry likes McCain, but surprised many last week when he told Action 3 News he's looking for another voter. Terry says that's "The Obama-Terry voter. People who want the right kind of change."
A couple of e-mailers who describe themselves as Obama-Terry voters have contacted Action 3 New. Kate writes that she's "an average American, working and going to school." Don tells us: "I'm a conservative, I'm a Republican. I'll vote for Terry and Obama. I hate John McCain."
As for that one electoral vote. If Obama beats McCain in Omaha, Obama will get at least one of Nebraska's five electoral votes.
In a close race that could matter.
Both sides insist that Obama and McCain will be coming here to fight for that vote.
Reported by Joe Jordan, [email protected]
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